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Metropolitan Police Act 1839

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  2. II.Parts of Parishes may be added to the Police District.

  3. III.Parishes added to the District to be within 3 & 4 W.4 c.89.

  4. IV.Repeal of 6 & 7 W.4 c.50 with a certain Limitation.

  5. V.Metropolitan Police Constables to act on the River Thames, &c.

  6. VI.Sum required to defray Charges of Thames Police, Horse Patrol, &c.

  7. VII.Constables may be sworn to act for the Palaces.

  8. VIII.Additional Constables may be appointed at the Cost of Individuals.

  9. IX.A Statement of the Number of Persons belonging to the Police Force to be annually laid before Parliament.

  10. X.Exemption from Turnpike Tolls.

  11. XI.Police Constables to attend the Magistrates.

  12. XII.Summonses and Warrants in Criminal Proceedings to be executed by them.

  13. XIII.How Warrants issued to Police Constables may be executed.

  14. XIV.Penalty on Constables for Neglect of Duty.

  15. XV.Constables not to resign without Leave or Notice.

  16. XVI.Constables dismissed to deliver up Accoutrements

  17. XVII.Penalty for unlawful Possession of Accoutrements, or for assuming the Dress of Constables.

  18. XVIII.Penalty for Assaults on Metropolitan Police.

  19. XIX.Employment in the Police not to prevent receiving Half Pay.

  20. XX.Increased Salary to the Commissioners of Police.

  21. XXI.Commissioners, Surgeon, Receiver, and Clerks to be within 4 & 5 W.4 c.24.

  22. XXII.Superannuation Fund to be provided for Constables.

  23. XXIII.Rates of Allowance from the said Fund.

  24. XXIV.Repeal of 2 G.3 c.28.

  25. XXV.Certain Boats subject to Provisions of 7 & 8 G.4 c.lxxv.

  26. XXVI.Persons receiving Ship Stores from Seamen, &c.

  27. XXVII.Cutting Ropes, Cables, &c.

  28. XXVIII.Wilfully letting fall Articles into the Thames or into a Boat, &c. with fraudulent Intention.

  29. XXIX.Framing a false Bill of Parcels to escape Detection.

  30. XXX.Possessing Instruments for unlawfully procuring and carrying away Wine, &c.

  31. XXXI.Piercing Casks, opening Packages, &c.

  32. XXXII.Breaking Packages with Intent to spill Contents.

  33. XXXIII.Superintendents and Inspectors may board Vessels.

  34. XXXIV.Superintendent, &c. having just Cause to suspect Felony-may enter on board Vessels and take up suspected Persons.

  35. XXXV.Unlawful Quantities of Gunpowder may be seized.

  36. XXXVI.Penalty for having on board Guns loaded with Ball, or discharging Guns in the Night.

  37. XXXVII.Penalty for heating combustible Matters on board of Vessels.

  38. XXXVIII.Penalty on keeping Fairs open within forbidden Hours.

  39. XXXIX.Fairs within the Metropolitan Police District may be inquired into.

  40. XL.On entering into Recognizance, Question as to Right of Title to Fair may be tried in the Queen's Bench.

  41. XLI.Freemen of Vintners Company subject to certain Provisions.

  42. XLII.Public Houses to be shut on the Mornings of Sundays, &c.

  43. XLIII.Publicans prohibited from supplying Liquors to Persons under Sixteen Years of Age.

  44. XLIV.Regulations of 9 G.4 c.61 respecting Public Houses to extend to other Houses of public Resort.

  45. XLV.Penalty on Keepers of Cook Shops, &c., making internal Communication with an adjoining Public House.

  46. XLVI.Power to enter unlicensed Theatres, and take away Persons found there.

  47. XLVII.Places used for Bear-baiting, Cock-fighting, &c.

  48. XLVIII.Commissioners empowered to authorize Superintendents of Police to enter Gaming Houses.

  49. XLIX.Proof of gaming for Money, &c. not necessary in support of Informations for gaming.

  50. L.Penalty on Pawnbrokers receiving Pledges from Persons under the Age of 16.

  51. LI.Empowering the Commissioners of Police to regulate the Route and Conduct of Persons driving Stage Carriages, Cattle, &c. during the Hours of Divine Service.

  52. LII.Regulations for preventing Obstructions in the Streets during Public Processions, &c.

  53. LIII.Proprietors of Stage Carriages not liable to Penalties for deviating from Route.

  54. LIV.Prohibition of Nuisances by Persons in the Thoroughfares.

  55. LV.Cannon, &c. not to be fired near Dwelling Houses.

  56. LVI.Dog Carts, &c. prohibited after 1st January 1840.

  57. LVII.Street Musicians to depart when desired so to do.

  58. LVIII.Drunkards guilty of riotous or indecent Behaviour may be imprisoned.

  59. LIX.Persons using Carriages with-out Driver's Consent liable to Penalty.

  60. LX.Prohibition of other Nuisances.

  61. LXI.Mad Dogs, &c.

  62. LXII.Compensation for Hurt or Damage not exceeding 10l.

  63. LXIII.Constables may apprehend any Offender whose Name and Residence is not known.

  64. LXIV.Constables may apprehend without Warrant in certain Cases.

  65. LXV.Persons charged with recent Assaults may be apprehended without Warrant.

  66. LXVI.Power to Police Constables and Persons aggrieved to apprehend certain Offenders.

  67. LXVII.Removing Furniture to evade Rent.

  68. LXVIII.Horses, Carriages, &c. of Offenders may be detained.

  69. LXIX.Persons apprehended without Warrant to be taken to the Station House.

  70. LXX.Power to take Recognizances at Station Houses on petty Charges.

  71. LXXI.Power to bind over Persons making Charges.

  72. LXXII.Condition of Recognizance.

  73. LXIII.Penalty for Offences for which no Penalty is appointed.

  74. LXXIV.Not to repeal Local Acts containing Penalties.

  75. LXXV.Meaning of the Word Magistrate.

  76. LXXVI.Offences how to be tried.

  77. LXXVII.If Penalty is not paid the Offender maybe committed.

  78. LXXVIII.Interpretation Clause.

  79. LXXIX.This Act to be construed with 10 G.4 c.44.

  80. LXXX.Act may be altered this Session.

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